After Train decided to back out of the BSA Jamboree this summer until the Boy Scouts reversed their ban on gay scouts and leaders, the “Call Me Maybe” chanteuse has decided to take a stand as well.
The Lady Jepsen tweeted earlier this morning:
As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer…
GLAAD threw their support behind gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance’s Change.org petition calling for Train and Carly Rae to denounce the BSA’s gay ban. While Train were quick to respond with some drops of justice, Carly Rae must have forgotten to pay her phone bill from all that cellular stalking.
Either way, they add their chart-topping voices to the chorus of those opposed to the Boy Scouts’ discrimination.
“No fair-minded media outlet, corporation or celebrity will want to partner with the BSA as long as the organization puts discrimination and anti-gay bias before the needs of young people,” said Rich Ferraro, GLAAD’s VP of Communications. “GLAAD will continue to call for partners of the BSA to speak out against the anti-gay ban until the BSA puts Scouting first and adopts a national non-discrimination policy.”
GLAAD tried, unsuccessfully, to get the National Geographic Channel to issue a disclaimer before its new BSA reality show, Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?, though the network did publish a post by gay Eagle Scout Will Oliver, the driving force behind the disclaimer.
Meanwhile, we’re just gla(a)d that Carly Rae’s on board since we’re really not ready to let go of “Call Me Maybe.” Or it’s not ready to let go of us. It’s auricular crack.